Miami Dade College — President

Miami Dade College (MDC) is seeking a president with outstanding leadership qualities, proven success leading dynamic complex organizations, and a demonstrated ability to build partnerships with key stakeholders. The successful candidate will have a proven professional track record demonstrating the following leadership talents: 

Leads Effectively – has a demonstrated ability to lead and manage a large, multisite, complex higher education organization and to work effectively with a governing board. Individuals who have demonstrated the aforementioned leadership and management in industries other than higher education are urged to apply. 

Articulates Strategic Vision – is able to articulate a shared vision for the future of MMDC, communicate the vision to the broader community, and execute on strategic priorities. Has an understanding of the disruption taking place in higher education and articulates a shared sense of direction for the College to continue to rise to higher levels of excellence. 

Prioritizes Academic Excellence – supports, appreciates, and prioritizes academic excellence and student success and its importance to faculty, students, their families and the broader community. 

Recognizes and Respects the Political Landscape – is politically astute and able to develop and maintain working relationships with national, state, and local government officials to advocate for MDC and its students. 

Demonstrates Fundraising Capabilities – is able to develop and cultivate relationships with potential donors and work with the Miami Dade College Foundation Board and staff to enhance the Foundation’s capital campaign. 

Values and Embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – champions viewpoint diversity and values civic education, academic freedom and diverse perspectives that enable a respectful environment of free and open inquiry. Has an understanding and appreciation of the importance of all campuses having students, faculty and staff from different perspectives and backgrounds where diverse views are not just permitted, but encouraged in a reasoned search for truth. Values having students, faculty and staff who reflect South Florida’s unique multicultural landscape. 

Builds Partnerships – understands the role that MDC plays in the community, including workforce and economic development, and is able to develop innovative, synergistic partnerships with other higher education institutions as well as businesses and industries to enhance the College.

Other Relevant Experience and Desired Qualifications 

  • Ability to successfully lead and manage a large, multisite, complex higher education organization;
  • Understanding and appreciation of the unique multicultural diversity of the South Florida community; 
  • Ability to build and develop a strong leadership team; 
  • Possesses excellent communication skills, including but not limited to, verbal, written and listening skills; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance; 
  • Data-informed decision-making and performance orientation that enhances student success; 
  • Demonstrated record of successful partnerships and relationships with the business community, K-12 education and community organizations; 
  • Financial acumen, including a thorough understanding of financial statements and complex budgets; 
  • Unwavering commitment to integrity and ethics; 
  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution preferred. 

Nominations and Applications 

The Presidential Search Committee will review applications as they are submitted and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be received by October 23, 2020. 

More information about the search can be found via or

Candidates are asked to provide a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vita, and the names of five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the candidate). Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word format) to:

The search is being assisted by: 

Dr. Rod McDavis
Managing Principal
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Dr. Melissa K. Trotta
Associate Managing Principal
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Dr. Carlos Hernandez
Executive Search Consultant
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Mr. Fred Moore
Executive Search Consultant
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